Motorcycle Accident

Why Some Insurance Companies Are Biased Against Motorcyclists

by Staff Blogger | July 16th, 2020

It’s a fact that insurance companies want to protect their profits at the expense of people who need settlements and compensation. After all, if insurers paid claims to every deserving victim, they wouldn’t report huge profits year after year, which is almost always the case.

When you combine that fact with the fact that insurance companies are biased against motorcyclists, it’s easy to see what an uphill battle bikers face when they’re injured in crashes that weren’t their fault. But why do insurance companies give motorcyclists unfair treatment? There are a few reasons it happens:

  • They believe stereotypes—Movies, television shows, and other forms of media like to paint everyone who rides a motorcycle as a ruffian or a daredevil. Insurance companies aren’t immune to this stereotype, and they approach such claims with a closed mind.
  • They think motorcyclists caused their own crashes—Because of that stereotype, insurance companies may believe that motorcyclists did something to cause their own crashes. In their minds, adjusters believe that riders were certainly speeding, weaving, or riding recklessly.
  • They don’t want to pay large settlements—Motorcyclists are significantly more likely to suffer serious injuries in crashes than people in passenger vehicles. The worse their injuries, the bigger the potential settlement. Insurers know that, and that’s why they’re even more reluctant to give motorcyclists a fair shake.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we’re privy to the underhanded and unfair tactics insurance companies use when injured motorcyclists need compensation. Our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers work hard to get riders every penny they deserve. Contact us today if you or someone you love was hurt in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault.

Protect Yourself with the Right Gear when You Ride Your Motorcycle

by Staff Blogger | May 14th, 2020

All auto accidents have the potential to cause serious and even fatal injuries. That’s why safety is such a major priority for auto manufacturers. In addition to lifesaving seat belts and airbags, modern passenger vehicles have other technology designed to protect drivers and passengers, including lane departure warning systems and crash avoidance features.

Unfortunately, motorcycles don’t have anything comparable. Motorcycles don’t offer any protection to riders outside of lights, brakes, and steering. That means it’s up to riders to avoid accidents as much as possible and protect themselves in the event that they’re involved in crashes. The best way to reduce your risks if you’re involved in a crash is to protect every square inch of your body with protective gear.

Never leave home without fully suiting up. That means wearing a full-faced, DOT-approved helmet, as well as thick riding jacket and pants, gloves, and boots. The gear you wear should be durable and resistant, as it will be the only thing protecting your skin from the asphalt if you take a spill off your bike. In addition, your helmet is the most important piece of safety equipment you’ll ever wear, and it can save your life during a crash.

Surviving a motorcycle accident is a blessing, but it can be just the start of your troubles. You may be facing expensive medical bills and lost wages. Having an experienced Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyer on your side can make a big difference when it comes to getting the money you’re owed, and that’s what we’re here for. Contact Skolrood Law Firm today for a free consultation.

Warm Weather Means More Motorcyclists and More Risks on Virginia’s Roadways

by Staff Blogger | March 5th, 2020

Spring hasn’t officially arrived yet, but warm weather is already pushing out the cold in Virginia. As temperatures heat up throughout the area, motorcyclists are itching to dust off their helmets and take their bikes out for a spin. Whether you’re a motorcyclist or just commute in and around the city, it’s important to be aware of the increased dangers motorcyclists face, especially during the first few weeks of spring and warmer weather.

Those risks include:

  • Roadway hazards—When it comes to road hazards and defects, none are more dangerous to motorcyclists than potholes. Potholes are especially common in the early days of spring, as they form during the winter and many haven’t been repaired yet.
  • Inattentive motorists—Drivers don’t pay enough attention to motorcyclists as-is. Combine that with months of not seeing many motorcyclists, and you have a recipe for disaster.
  • Heavy rainfall—Spring is a time of inclement weather, including heavy rainfall. Rain can make roads extremely dangerous for motorcyclists, as it can combine with oil, fallen leaves, gravel, and other debris to reduce motorcycle tire traction.
  • Fewer daylight hours—Unlike summer, spring still has relatively short days. That means that while it may be warm out, going for a late afternoon ride can mean driving home in the dark, a statistically dangerous time for riders.

The Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm are here to help injured motorcyclists this spring and any other time of year. We know that riders face elevated risks, especially when drivers fail to look out for them. And when they get hurt, insurance companies rarely give them fair treatment.

If you or someone you love was hurt on a motorcycle, contact us today for a free consultation.

We Hold Negligent Drivers Accountable When They Collide With Motorcyclists

by Staff Blogger | February 6th, 2020

If you’re a motorcyclist, you know you have many things to worry about when you head out on Virginia’s roadways. Ice, loose pavement, gravel, fallen limbs, potholes, and wild animals are just a few of the dangers you must constantly be aware of while riding. But the biggest risk motorcyclists like you face is other drivers.

Most drivers are on the lookout for other passenger vehicles—not motorcyclists. That means they don’t always take the necessary precautions when turning left, driving through intersections, or changing lanes. When drivers aren’t looking out for motorcyclists, any riders near them face serious risks. And when their negligence results in accidents, we believe they should be held accountable.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know the serious injuries that can result when motorcyclists are struck by cars, trucks, and SUVs. Victims often need immediate medical treatment, with some becoming temporarily or permanently disabled. Many suffer life-threatening injuries, even when they take all the proper precautions and wear safety gear such as a helmet, riding jacket, riding pants, and boots.

We believe that innocent injured victims should never have to pay out of pocket for their own expenses, and that includes motorcycle accident victims. But we also know that insurance companies are frequently biased against motorcyclists. Bikers might even believe that they contributed to their own accidents—even when evidence shows that isn’t the case.

If you or someone you love was hurt on a motorcycle, contact our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers today. We’re here to maximize your chances of getting the compensation you deserve, and we know how to win.

3 Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

by Staff Blogger | December 12th, 2019

If you’re a motorcyclist, avoiding accidents is always a major concern. Motorcycles provide zero protection to riders, and even the most well-equipped riders still face serious risks when they’re involved in crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to suffer fatal injuries during accidents than people in passenger vehicles.

Usually, the biggest risk that motorcyclists face isn’t their own lack of skill, experience, or caution. Instead, it’s other drivers and roadway hazards. Three of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes include:

  1. Drivers turning left in front of motorcyclists—Whether they’re turning left at intersections or into driveways, drivers don’t always look out for people traveling on two wheels. When they fail to notice or look for motorcycles and then turn left, drivers can turn directly in front of motorcyclists, resulting in deadly crashes.
  2. Drivers following too closely—Motorcycles can accelerate and stop much more quickly than passenger vehicles. When drivers follow motorcyclists too closely, they’re often unable to slow down or stop in time in response to traffic slowdowns. In addition, drivers who are distracted or aren’t paying attention may rear-end motorcyclists.
  3. Roadway debris—Wet leaves, loose gravel, and potholes are usually nothing more than minor annoyances for drivers—if they’re noticed at all. But for motorcyclists, they can be extremely dangerous. Riders must constantly scan the road ahead for potential hazards, and sometimes, they don’t see them until it’s too late.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke motorcycle accident attorneys assist injured riders get compensation for their medical expenses when they get hurt through no fault of their own. If you or someone you love was hurt in a crash, contact us today for a free consultation.

What Injuries Are Associated with Motorcycle Accidents?

by Staff Blogger | October 31st, 2019

Motorcyclists can take many steps to protect themselves when they ride. Wearing an industry-approved and certified helmet can significantly reduce the risk of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and death, and wearing a riding jacket, pants, gloves, and boots can protect skin, limbs, fingers, and toes during crashes. However, no amount of safety gear can make motorcycles as safe as passenger vehicles, and riders take on significant risks every time they hit the road.

The two biggest risks that safety-conscious motorcyclists face are road hazards such as fallen tree limbs, loose gravel, and other road debris, and other drivers—especially when those drivers are negligent and fail to look for people traveling on two wheels. Whether motorcyclists are hurt because of obstacles in the road or because of careless drivers, the injuries they suffer can be serious and even life-threatening.

Common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents include:

  • Broken bones—When riders are thrown from their bikes during collisions, they’re likely to suffer simple or compound fractures of bones. Broken bones can range from painful to potentially fatal, and often impede victims from working while they recover.
  • Road rash—Exposed skin can be seriously injured during crashes, resulting in road rash. Even riders who wear protective gear may experience road rash if the gear isn’t thick enough to withstand the impact of the crash. Road rash is painful and can require skin grafts.
  • Traumatic brain injuries—Helmets add a significant amount of protection during crashes, and many helmet-wearing victims have been able to recover from crashes that would otherwise have been fatal. However, helmets aren’t always completely effective, and some victims suffer TBIs.

The Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm know how severe motorcycle accident injuries can be, and it’s our goal to help innocent victims get compensation. If you were injured in a motorcycle crash that wasn’t your fault, contact us today.

We Protect Injured Motorcyclists from Biased Insurance Companies

by Staff Blogger | September 12th, 2019

Because of their affordability, excellent fuel efficiency, and easy parking, people of all walks of life ride motorcycles. However, insurance companies often view motorcyclists as being reckless, aggressive, and even dangerous on roadways. When motorcyclists are involved in road accidents, insurers and their teams of adjusters may try to assign blame to riders—even when there’s evidence that shows they weren’t at fault.

This unfair bias results in countless injured motorcyclists having their compensation claims reduced or denied every year. At Skolrood Law Firm, we believe that motorcyclists should always get a fair shake when it comes to getting money for their medical bills and lost wages. That’s why we do everything in our power to build strong claims for riders that insurance companies can’t simply dismiss out of hand.

Unfortunately, getting fair treatment from the insurance company is a rare occurrence—especially if you’re a motorcyclist. Trying to get compensation on your own after a motorcycle accident can be like rolling the dice. Our Roanoke motorcycle accident attorneys see the bias that motorcyclists face all the time, and we know how frustrating, stressful, and unfair it can be.

When you contact us, we’ll use our years of experience to build a claim that leaves no doubt about who was at fault. We compile enough evidence and present it in such a manner that even the most biased insurance company will have no choice but to reconsider their kneejerk reaction to the accident. Ready to get the money you deserve? Contact us today for a free consultation.

3 Reasons to Call a Lawyer After a Motorcycle Accident

by Staff Blogger | July 18th, 2019

As a motorcyclist, you have to take extra precautions to protect yourself in the event of a crash. That means wearing safety equipment and riding gear like a helmet, riding jacket and pants, gloves, and boots. But as you may already know, even the safest motorcyclists are no match for negligent drivers.

If you were recently hurt in a motorcycle accident, your injuries may be serious, and you may be out of work for the foreseeable future. Getting compensation for your accident-related expenses is likely one of your biggest priorities, but it’s not always easy for victims to get the money they deserve if their injuries occurred while riding their motorcycles.

When you contact the Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm, we’ll maximize your chances of getting full compensation by taking the following steps:

  1. We’ll prove you weren’t at fault—Insurance companies are often biased against motorcyclists, and the adjuster may think you were at fault. We’ll collect evidence that leaves no doubt about who caused the accident.
  2. We’ll determine how much money you’re owed—Between medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, you should be owed a substantial settlement. We’ll find out how much money you and your family need after the accident.
  3. We’ll communicate and negotiate with the insurance company—When you’re recovering from a motorcycle accident, dealing with the insurance company is the last thing you want to do. We’ll handle all communication and negotiate to get you a fair settlement.

Contact us today for a free consultation. We want to put our experience to work for you.

 

Don’t Miss Out on the Compensation You Deserve After a Motorcycle Accident

by Staff Blogger | May 30th, 2019

Motorcycle accidents are much more likely to result in serious, debilitating, and even disabling injuries than motor vehicle accidents. That’s because even the most well-equipped riders still face significant risks when they’re involved in crashes due to a lack of safety features. Cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs are equipped with seat belts and airbags to protect occupants, but motorcyclists can easily be thrown from their bikes when they lose control or collide with other objects or vehicles.

The injuries associated with motorcycle accidents often result in days, weeks, or months away from work. Some victims may even become permanently disabled and are left unable to earn the paychecks their families depend on. At Skolrood Law Firm, we know how devastating injuries can be for victims when they leave them unable to earn a living, and that’s why we do everything in our power to help them get maximum compensation.

If you or someone you love was recently hurt in a motorcycle accident, you need an aggressive Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyer on your side who won’t take no for an answer and won’t settle for less than what you deserve. When you choose us to take on your claim, we’ll collect evidence that proves you weren’t at fault, and we’ll also determine exactly how much money you’re owed for your medical bills and lost wages—both now and in the future.

Finally, we’ll negotiate with the insurance company until we get an offer that’s fair for what you’ve been through. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’re ready to put our years of experience to work for you.

Motorcycle Accidents Require Experienced Legal Representation

by Staff Blogger | April 18th, 2019

Were you recently involved in a motorcycle accident? If so, you may be suffering from serious injuries that make it difficult or impossible for you to go back to work—and when you’re not working, you’re not earning the paychecks your family depends on. That means you may be struggling to pay for your family’s day-to-day expenses, let alone your medical bills.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers know how painful, debilitating, and expensive motorcycle crashes can be for victims. You have enough to deal with already—the last thing you need is weeks or months of back and forth with the insurance company while trying to get the money you deserve. Let us handle that on your behalf while you focus on getting better.

When you choose us to handle your claim, we can collect evidence that proves you weren’t at fault for your accident. Then, we’ll calculate how much money you and your loved ones need to move forward with your lives, including compensation for your current and future medical bills and lost wages. Finally, we’ll negotiate with the insurance company to maximize your chances of getting every penny you deserve.

Insurance companies don’t always treat motorcycle accident victims fairly, and that means you may be fighting an uphill battle from the day you file your claim. We’re ready to help level the playing field for you, and we want to use our experience and resources to stay one step ahead of the insurance company. Call today for a free consultation.